The City of Titusville, Florida / NewsCity Council Approves New Environment-Friendly Resolutions
Titusville City Council passed new resolutions last week at the July 23 city council meeting in support of new county-wide programs to help the local environment.
Recognizing Businesses for their Commitment to Reducing Single-Use Plastic and EPS (i.e. Styrofoam) Waste
The City Council adopted Resolution No. 32-2019 encouraging all citizens and business owners to voluntarily participate in Keep Brevard Beautiful’s Litter Quitter program and similar initiatives aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastics and EPS products and packaging while recognizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s hierarchy:
- REDUCE the use of single-use plastics by selecting appropriate alternatives
- REUSE items whenever possible
- RECYCLE items appropriately (if it can’t be reduced or reused)
The City will officially recognize those businesses within the City who commit to a single-use plastics and EPS reductions program with a Proclamation of Appreciation, which will continue to be effective so long as the business demonstrates their involvement and continuous support.
Supporting KBB’s Lagoon Friendly Lawn Program and Similar Programs
Resolution No. 33-2019 was adopted by the City Council supporting Keep Brevard Beautiful’s Lagoon Friendly Lawn program and similar programs aimed at reducing nutrient pollution and stormwater runoff. KBB’s Lagoon Friendly Lawn program awards unique lawn signs to homeowners for incorporating certain lawn care designs and practices, such as reducing turf area, fertilizer use, and impervious surfaces to improve water quality.
Lagoon Friendly Lawns also offers a county-wide certification system for lawn-care contractors, developed in partnership with the City of Satellite Beach Sustainability Board. Contractor certification applications and any violation reports are handled by a review board of scientists, business owners and municipal officials. Any homeowner who utilizes a Lagoon Friendly Lawns contractor is automatically qualified for the “member” level of lawn certification in the areas of service provided by that contractor.
Supporting a Countywide Composting Program
The City Council adopted Resolution No. 34-2019 supporting the practice of composting and to collaborate with Brevard County and surrounding cities to implement a county-wide composting program. Composting is the process of turning kitchen and yard waste into nutrient-rich soil through a controlled process of natural decomposition.
Composting helps divert food waste from the landfill, which is one of the largest sources of municipal waste. By encouraging composting, the available space at the Brevard County Solid Waste Management Central Disposal Facility can be prioritized for wastes which cannot be recycled or composted. This helps reduce the need for future expansions or additional disposal facilities.